Syllabus_Summer_2008 - BEE 3500 Syllabus (Summer 2008)...

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Page 1 of 9 BEE 3500 Syllabus (Summer 2008) Biological and Environmental Transport Processes Course Website http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/bee350/ Additional website for related resources at http://www.biotransport.net Instructor Ashim K. Datta (Email: akd1@cornell.edu Homepage: http://www.bee.cornell.edu/datta ) Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University 208 Riley-Robb Hall; Phone 255-2482 Office hours: M,W 10:00-10:30 AM TA Amit Halder Office hours for TA: T, Th 10:00-11:00 AM Course Prerequisites Fluid Mechanics (can be taken simultaneously); Calculus through differential equations Grading 3 Credits, Letter grade only. See details below. Meeting Time and Place Lectures MTWTh at 8:30 – 9:45 AM in 105 Riley-Robb Hall. Textbook and Coursenotes Datta, A.K. 2002. Biological and Bioenvironmental Heat and Mass Transfer. Marcel Dekker, Inc. Datta, A.K. 2008. BEE 350 Coursenotes (all overheads used in lectures).
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Page 2 of 9 Rationale From medicine to food processing, from global warming to greenhouse design, from nanotechnology to weather prediction, these disciplines all have transport (movement) of energy and/or mass as one of the fundamental underlying processes. Let us consider three examples in the biomedical context. As we breathe, oxygen diffuses through the walls of alveoli capillaries into the bloodstream. How hot or cold we feel depends on the relative rates of heat generation inside the body and heat loss from the body surface due to convection and evaporation (of sweat). In laser surgery, selected regions of tissue are destroyed using the heat from the laser. Design of a tablet for sustained release of a drug over time requires manipulation of the diffusion of the drug through the various layers of the tablet. Since transport processes are often critical to wide-ranging practical applications, it makes sense for engineers as problem solvers to develop a working knowledge of these processes, starting with their fundamentals. Of course, we should study these fundamentals of transport processes in our context, i.e., biology and the environment, to be most relevant. Such context can include bio-heat transfer (energy transfer in the presence of blood vessels) thermoregulation (control of body temperature), thermal therapy (heating or cooling as a medical procedure), cryobiology (behavior of cells and tissues at low temperature), global warming, pollutant transport through soil into groundwater and dispersion of pollutants in air. We do not focus on these applications per se, but the underlying fundamentals that are critical to them. Course Goals Engineers are problem solvers, albeit in a quantitative way. The eventual goal of this course is for you to be able to formulate a problem from the biological or environmental world (involving energy or mass transport) quantitatively, i.e., using equations, so that we can understand these processes more accurately and optimize them more easily. When the course is over, you should:
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